Adult Events

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  1. Library

    Physical Address
    100 Garfield Street
    Newington, CT 06111

    Phone: 860-665-8700

Virtual Events & Programs will be held via our Zoom platform. 

Many of our virtual programs that are live will take place on our Zoom Platform.  Information on how to join a program can be found by clicking here. Registration is required for these programs. You may now register online by clicking here or calling the library at 860-665-8700. Program information as well as the Zoom link to access the program will be emailed prior to the event.  

Other programs that are recorded and do not require registration are on our YouTube Channel and can be accessed via YouTube or on this events page listed below.

In Person Programs & Outdoor Programs

 Please contact the library or view this webpage for the most up to date information.  These programs may need to change based on COVID-19 restrictions or inclement weather.  We appreciate your patience in this matter.  Our primary concern is everyone's safety.

Past Programs

To view recorded programs that you may have missed, scroll down to the end of the page to view the video.

Upcoming and Ongoing Programs

Tech 4U

Tech 4U is back!
Make an appointment with a librarian and get help with your technology questions! Services offered include creating an email or social media account, using library applications, and help with using your laptop, smartphone, or tablet. Appointments are 30 minutes. Call the Reference Desk to request an appointment. 

Maggie Downie

Keep Moving Collaboration.
Thursday, September 29, 6:30 p.m.
Everyone has pain at some point in life. Some of us deal with chronic pain for years. Pain can be complicated, but there are some simple tools that can help relieve pain. Join Maggie Downie, author of Keep Moving: Take Steps to Relieve Pain & Improve Your Life, to learn small steps you can take to reduce and manage pain without drugs or surgery. Registration required to receive Zoom link. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

Coloring and Puzzles

In-Person Coloring/Puzzle Get-togethers and Grab & Go Coloring for Adults
October 4 & 18
First and Third Tuesday of the Month
We are happy to offer in-person coloring and puzzle mornings, each with their own theme. Come join in the fun!  Pick up your coloring and puzzle packet on or after the dates listed. Please register to attend in person.


Welcome to the Land of the Aurora Borealis
Wednesday, October 5, 6:30 p.m.

Alaska's motto is "North to the Future"!  Is Alaska in your future? Join us to learn about the possibilities of visiting our 49th state. Should I cruise? Big ship?  Small ship? Should I tour?  Should I drive? Come hear about all the wonderful opportunities in Alaska and get some expert advice on the best way to match the right trip to your traveling style. Sponsored by French’s Travel. Registration Required. 

Anxious People

Page Turners Book Discussion
Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
Thursday, October 6, 7:00 p.m., Community Room
Join us for a lively book discussion facilitated by Karen and Pat. All are welcome. Registration Required. 

Mental Health

Mental Health and the American Dream 
Wednesday, October 12, 6:30 p.m.
Join Heather Hitchcock, Community Education Manager from Bristol Behavioral Health, for information to prepare your mental health for retirement. Sponsored by Bristol Hospital. Registration Required.  


Brown Bag It with a Book Discussion @ the Library
Code Name Hélène by Ariel Lawhon
Thursday, October 13, noon
Join us for this lively discussion of Code Name Hélène by Ariel Lawhon while enjoying your own bagged lunch. This book discussion will now be a monthly event, so add us to your calendar now! Registration Required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

Using Technology in the Library

*POSTPONED until a future date
*Using Technology in the Library
This program will go over how to connect your device to the library’s Wi-Fi, how to print, how to use the copier, and how to use the fax machine. Registration Required. 

Facebook and Twitter

Getting Started with Facebook and Twitter
Thursday, October 13, 10:00 am

This is a demo on how to use the social media platforms Facebook and Twitter. Learn how to create an account and how to use the popular social media platforms. This program will cover creating posts, stories, sending messages, and more! Registration Required. 

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Healing with Books 
Monday, October 17, 6:30pm 
At this program, historian Mary Mahoney will give a talk on bibliotherapy, or the use of books as medicine. Have you ever turned to a book for consolation? Treasured the escape of a comic book? Found comfort in a poem, self-help book, or simply from reading the newspaper? This talk will explain the many uses of books as medicine in our world today and its history. Registration Required for the Zoom Link. 


Movies @ Your Library!
Downton Abbey: A New Era
Tuesday, October 18, 2:00 p.m.
The Crawley family goes on a grand journey to the South of France to uncover the mystery of the dowager countess’s newly inherited villa. Starring Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, Michelle Dockery. PG. Running time 124 mins. Registration Required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 


Sensational Slime
Tuesday, October 18, 6:30 p.m.
Slime is an amazing sensory experience, and you can make it yourself with a few simple ingredients! You will be able to customize your slime with fall-themed items. Slime makes a great gift for kids or adults who just want to de-stress! Registration Required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

Grotesque 10

The Grotesque 10: Amazing Architectural Sculpture from Ten American Universities
Wednesday, October 19, 6:30 p.m.
Armed with only a camera and a sense of humor, Mathew Duman embarked on a “grotesque safari,” traveling to 10 universities to photograph the unique grotesques and gargoyles roosting on their buildings. Join Mathew for an illustrated lecture as he gives you a taste of these campuses’ history and art. Registration Required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

Sitcoms Trivia Night

Sitcoms of the 2000s Trivia Night – Virtual
Friday, October 21, 7:00 p.m.
Cue the laugh track!  Play some trivia with us from home about the best sitcoms of the 2000s, including Friends and The Office.  All ages are welcome and prizes will be awarded. Register for the Zoom link. Co-sponsored by the Beekley Community Library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

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Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale – October 28 – 30. See inside for details 
Newington Senior and Disabled Center 
Preview: Friday, October 28, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. $5:00
General Sale: Saturday, October 29, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday Bag Sale: Noon – 3:00 p.m.  $10.00
Buy a Friends green bag for $10.00 and fill it with books for free! Refills are $8.00. Stock up and save. 

Recorded Programs you may have missed!